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Fantastic Advice for Beginners in the Creative Industry

Here’s an oldie but goodie about the secret of success in creative work. It was a talk given by Ira Glass which was then turned into an animation by David Shiyang Liu. It’s less than 2-minutes long and has some fantastic advice for creatives. I have witnessed a lot of friends in the industry really struggling with their own work right now and so I thought sharing this would be relevant for all those in the same position. Read after the jump for the entire quote. [more]

Nikon Cinema – A Celebration Of Filmmaking

Nikon recently opened up Nikon Cinema, a website dedicated to HD SLR motion projects that have been created with Nikon hardware. The website currently hosts 3 short motion projects that have been shot with the Nikon D4, D800, D600 and various Nikkor glass.

The three films include Joyride by Sandro, Why by Corey Rich and Chasing The Light by Florian and Salomon Schulz [more]

Documenting the Resurgence of Africa – ‘The New African Photography’ on Al Jazeera

Al Jazeera English just premiered the first episode of their new show, “The New African Photography.” Following a time of great turmoil for Africa, the show centers on the changing image of the continent as told through the eyes of photographers. The goal is to ultimately replace the images of famine and war that often come to mind and with images that redefine what Africa is becoming today. [more]

New DSLR Short Film “Spy vs Guy” By Red Giant, Plus Behind The Scenes

As leaders in the video post-production plugin world, it’s really cool to see Red Giant creating short films to promote its products, and they are always a blast to watch. You might recall “Plot Device” or “Form 17” as some of their previous work. This new short isn’t directly related to BulletProof, their new plugin, but it’s a very entertaining piece with an equally informative making of video as well. [more]

Behind The Scenes Shoot In Italy With Simeon Quarrie

As one of the writers here at Fstoppers I do quite a bit of scouring the internet trying to find the best ‘behind the scenes’ videos to share with our readers. Sadly much of what I see lacks content, rather it is most commonly just a music video of a photographer on a shoot. Fortunately, this video by Simeon Quarrie documenting his shoot in Italy is quite the opposite. Packed with great information and lots of tips this video is worth checking out. Read on to see a lighting diagram and some of the photos from the shoot. [more]

Is Talent House the New Way to Make Money With Your Art?

Social media has progressed to a point where anyone can personalize their online experience. Through your own network of friends and filters, “Likes” and “Shares” now prioritize funny or relevant content for you and those you share commonalities with. Talenthouse now seeks to utilize that method of content sharing to popularize your artistic capability. The site is designed to set apart the best of the best in any category of art through popular vote. [more]

Drone Camera Shoots Super Slick Skater Video “Firefly”

Firefly is a super slick skater video shot with a JamCopter, a remote controlled helicopter rigged with a camera, that follows a skater and his LED lit board around a city.

The birds eye perspective and high camera angle shots create some really nice movements and give scale to the skaters journey. The project was created by samadhiproduction.cz and utilizes the use of remote controlled helicopters from jamcopters.cz.

Very cool, very slick, very simple. [more]

“Life In Focus” Web Series Tells The Story Of Outdoor Photographers

Tim Kemple has “always been an adventurer, an explorer, a climber”, but how did he make the transition into being a photographer? A new web mini-series from F-Stop Gear is setting out to tell the story of outdoor and adventure photographers. In this premier episode, Tim Kemple shares his background while running around the mountains in France, and he explains what it takes to capture images in those environments. [more]

Inspiring Video on Fighting for Your Passion

Devin Graham creates Youtube videos for a living. Not just any Youtube videos, but breathtaking videos that not only leave you in awe-inspiring wonder, but are obviously made with tediously hard work, amazing creativity and most importantly… passion. Devin takes you behind the scenes in this motivating video about exactly what he does for a living.   [more]

Thoughts on Current Copyright Issues and the Future of “The New Prohibition”

We covered a story last year in which Andy Baio was sued for his use of a Miles Davis photograph as a reference for pixel art for a tribute album he created. Now, he’s spoken about copyright issues and what constitutes “fair use.” There are many opinions on this, but it’s a great video if you’re curious about the issue — which you should be if you’re any kind of artist or image-maker.

Shooting Action With Chris Garrison Using Hypersync

Just the other day a buddy introduced me to hypersync via this video from PocketWizard featuring Chris Garrison. Hypersync is technology in PocketWizard FlexTT5′s and MiniTT1′s which enables you to sync your camera with big studio strobes at speeds up to 1/8000 with certain setups. PocketWizard has more information on hypersync over at their site. This video is pretty long (over an hour) but Chris walks you through several of his setups as well as talks about how he got his career to where it is now.

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Fstoppers Reviews SLRLounge’s Natural Light Couples Photography Workshop DVD

I’m a strobist by heart. When I first got into photography, I didn’t even begin shooting portrait work until after I had gotten at least a flash. That purchase, quickly turned into studio strobe after studio strobe until I found that I was completely controlling all light sources during my shoots. So who better to review SLRLounge’s latest DVD, ‘Natural Light Couples Photography Workshop’, right? [more]

Ian Ruhter’s Silver And Light: ‘When Dreams Collide’ Is An Inspiring Retrospective On Being A Modern Artist

Well-known wet plate artist Ian Ruhter has just released the fourth installment in his ‘Silver and Light‘ series, which chronicles his trip to Seattle to meet with Chase Jarvis, his journey to becoming an artist, Chase Jarvis’ very frank thoughts on what being an artist [more]

Watch How Light Shapes a Face – Sparkles and Wine Teaser by Nacho Guzman’s

A good photographer or videographer depends on good lighting to create a shot. Lighting creates the mood of any scene and sets the stage for the story you’re trying to tell. In an unusual but entrancing method, Nacho Guzman creates a dramatic scene and shows how quickly light can change the mood and expression on a woman’s face. Although the woman in the video only moves her face subtly over time, the rotating light around her causes striking mood shifts in the image. [more]

I Visited Hong Kong & Did A DigitalRev Cheap Camera Challenge

Phase One asked me to go on a speaking tour through China (Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing) to share about my photo career, creative inspiration, and being a Phase One shooter myself, to demo their innovative new IQ2 digital medium format camera back system.  After flying in to Hong Kong from Washington DC just hours before, I had the great honor and pleasure to be a part of Digital Rev’s Cheap Camera Challenge. A broken Holga + jet lag + beer + a goof like myself = What could go wrong?

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